NC GOP official fired for bragging about voter suppression on ‘The Daily Show’

Wednesday night, “The Daily Show” aired a segment about all the fun voter suppression tactics that Southern states are trying out now that they don’t have that pesky Voting Rights Act to deal with.

Featured on the show was North Carolina GOP executive committee member Don Yelton, who bragged about how the new voting restrictions would allow them to “kick the Democrats butt.” He also stated, in regards to the fact that these laws will prevent people of color from voting, “If it hurts a bunch of lazy Blacks that want the government to give them everything, so be it.” Charming!

After the show aired, Yelton was summarily fired from his position by Buncombe County GOP Chairman Henry Mitchell who called his statements “offensive, uniformed and unacceptable of any member within the Republican Party.”

“Let me make it very clear: Mr. Yelton’s comments do not reflect the belief or feelings of Buncombe Republicans, nor do they mirror any core principle that our party is founded upon,” Mitchell said in a press release. “This mentality will not be supported or propagated within our party.”

Yeah… that would be all well and good if that were true. But really? Everyone knows exactly what these voting regulations are about. There is no massive voter fraud happening, there is no massive voter fraud in danger of happening. These people just want to be able to make it incredibly difficult for traditionally Democratic voters to be able to vote. Duh. Trying to pretend it’s anything more noble than that is like putting your hands over your eyes and insisting you’re invisible.

It’s also highly unlikely that Yelton’s views came as a shock to those who had worked with him, as it seems he’s held them, quite publicly, for a while now.


I’m guessing he was fired less for being a creepy racist than for embarrassing them on a national television show. Generally, these are the sort of views they don’t like to go too public with.

Image: The Daily Show